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Psychiatry’s Susan Hatters-Friedman discusses misconceptions of Munchausen syndrome by proxy

Lessons from pop culture portrayals of Munchausen by proxy

Medpage TodaySusan Hatters-Friedman, the Phillip Resnick Professor of Forensic Psychiatry and an adjunct professor at the School of Law, discussed the misconceptions of Munchausen syndrome by proxy, a mental illness and a form of child abuse, in which the caretaker of a child, most often a mother, either makes up fake symptoms or causes real symptoms to make it look like the child is sick.